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American Rescue Plan

Guidance, policy updates and actionable resources for schools & districts receiving American Rescue Plan funds.


In 2021, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress directed $122 billion to state and local education agencies (LEAs) via the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to help reopen schools and aid school districts in addressing the impact the pandemic had on students through improvements to their academic, social-emotional, and mental and physical health needs, and updates to school facilities to ensure healthy learning environments.

AASA has conducted 3 surveys to understand:

  • District leaders' priorities in expending ARP funds
  • Challenges districts are experiencing in spending ARP funds
  • Programmatic areas districts anticipate cutting as ARP funds run out

View Survey Results

One bill, heralded as one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in a generation and cited for its work to reduce childhood poverty by up to half, the ARP is critical funding to support our nation’s public schools in their ongoing work to provide students with safe, in-person learning while also working with students to provide learning recovery and other non-academic supports and services.

Dan Domenech, AASA Executive Director

  AASA's Position & Priorities

AASA believes this infusion of federal funding will have a lasting impact in enabling students to not only recover from lost in-person instruction, but also in assisting district leaders in thoughtfully investing federal funds to address longstanding disparities in access to educational opportunities for students that were only exacerbated as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.

While every state was required to distribute the funding to districts by March 2022, it was only in February 2022 that school districts in all 50 states had access to their ARP funds.

LEAs are required to obligate their ARP funding by September 2024 although they may have more time to liquidate funding beyond the original December 2024 deadline.

AASA's priorities are to:

  • Provide timely resources and updates to school district leaders around policy changes related to ARP funding
  • Advocate for a later liquidation of these funds beyond the September 2024 spending deadline
  • Ensure equitable access to funds in a timely manner

  Issue Updates

  AASA Resources

Learning recovery and redesign guidance and other tools to help you plan for the short- and long-term.

  Additional Resources

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Link to the Legislative Action Center here

 American Rescue Plan Committee Members

Theresa Battle
Superintendent, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 (Minn.)

Scott S. Brabrand
Executive Director, Virginia Association of School Superintendents

Shari Camhi
Superintendent, Baldwin Union Free School District (N.Y.)

Chad Coauette
Executive Director/CEO, Sourcewell

Michael T. Conner
Superintendent, Middletown Public Schools (Conn.)

Wanda Cook-Robinson
Superintendent, Oakland Schools (Mich.)

Jay Curtis
Superintendent, Park County School District #1 (Wyo.)

Philip Downs
Superintendent, Southwest Allen County Schools (Ind.)

Jeff Fastnacht
Superintendent, Mandan School District 1 (N.D.)

Winfried Feneberg
Superintendent, Kearsarge Regional School District 65 (N.H.)

Daniel Gordon
Principal, EducationCounsel

Andy Grover
Executive Director, Idaho Association of School Administrators

Justin B. Henry
Superintendent, Goddard Unified School District 265 (Kan.)

Gregory Hutchings, Jr.
Superintendent, Alexandria City Pub School District (Va.)

Paul Imhoff
Director, Government Relations, Buckeye Association of School Administrators (Ohio)

Jesus F. Jara
Superintendent, Clark County School District (Nev.)

Dwight Jones
Senior Deputy Superintendent, Denver Public Schools (Colo.)

David Lewis
Executive Director, Association of School Business Officials International

Carissa Miller
Chief Executive Officer, Council of Chief State School Officers

Cathy Q. Moore
Superintendent, Wake County Public School System (N.C.)

Tobin Novasio
Superintendent, Lockwood Schools (Mont.)

Bill Otto
Government Relations Association, Sourcewell

Jeremy Owoh
Deputy Superintendent, Little Rock School District (Ark.)

Debra P. Pace
Superintendent, The School District of Osceola County (Fla.)

Lisa Parady
Executive Director, Alaska Superintendents Association

Kamela K. Patton
Superintendent, Collier County Public Schools (Fla.)

Allen Pratt
Executive Director, National Rural Education Association

Mary Ann Ranells
Former Superintendent, West Ada School District (Idaho)

Michelle C. Reid
Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools (Va.)

Robb Reid
Chief Revenue Officer, Sourcewell

William B. Royster, Jr.
Superintendent, Greenville County Schools (S.C.)

Theron J. Schutte
Superintendent, Marshalltown Community School District (Iowa)


Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.
Superintendent, New Hartford Schools (N.Y.)

Brian Troop
Superintendent, Ephrata Area School District (Pa.)

Mark Tucker
Superintendent, Caledonia Central Supervisory Union (Vt.)

Wayne Vickers
Superintendent, Alabaster City Schools (Ala.)

J.J. Villarreal
Superintendent, Rockwall Independent School District (Texas)

Julie A. Vitale
Superintendent, Oceanside Unified School District (Calif.)

Joan Wade
Executive Director, Association of Educational Service Agencies

Ken Wallace
Superintendent, Maine Township High School District 207 (Ill)

Karen Walters
Superintendent, Bryant School District 25 (Ark.)

Rodney E. Watson
Superintendent, Spring Independent School District (Texas)

Calvin J. Watts
Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools (Ga.)

Lisa Witte
Superintendent, Monadnock Regional School District (N.H.)

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